Updated: 07/17/2014 7:36 AM
Created: 07/16/2014 5:31 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will have competition in November’s election. On Wednesday, law enforcement veteran Eddie Frizell announced he'll challenge Stanek in the sheriff's race. Frizell is a Democrat and Stanek is a Republican.
Frizell is a 19-year veteran with the Minneapolis police force and a decorated colonel with the Minnesota Army National Guard, serving two tours overseas. He says that under Stanek, the office's administrative costs are up 70 percent, while morale is down.
Frizell also has the backing of the union that represents the deputies. On Wednesday, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association voted overwhelmingly in favor of Frizell.
With 87.5 percent of the membership voting, Frizell received 75 percent of the votes, while Stanek received just 9 percent. Sixteen percent endorsed neither candidate.
Stanek says the union voted against him because he refused to make promises at a membership meeting last week at a time when the deputies were voting on a new two-year contract that includes a 7 percent raise.
Stanek says he has the support of several other labor unions, including Minneapolis Police. As for his re-election, he points to a 36 percent reduction in violent crime across Hennepin County over the past seven years.